Art & design

Art & Design Courses - Online & in London  

Explore new and exciting subjects within a range of art and design disciplines, develop your skill set, get the support required to change career or launch yourself as a freelance artist or designer. All this and more delivered through our practical and engaging art and design courses at City Lit.

Our range of part-time, weekend and evening art and design classes are taught by successful artists and practitioners to ensure you get the skills, knowledge and experience you want and deserve. From experimental painting and drawing to contemporary jewellery making, there is sure to be a course for you. Study from 1 day to 2 years, whether you are a complete beginner or a practising artist preparing for an MA. Our courses are designed with you in mind, so you get to spend more time doing what you love. 

Set a new goal, start your next creative adventure with City Lit and let us support you to realise your ambitions.

Some of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on visual.arts@citylit.ac.uk or call us on 020 7492 2700, Monday to Friday between 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm.

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  1. Advanced painting: practice and discourse
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Mixed Mode (Online and In Person)

    Tutors:  Gareth Berwyn, Michael Harding, Amanda Knight, Kim Scouller
    Develop your painting in greater depth on this new, advanced course, working with a team of artist-tutors and a committed network of peer-practitioners, across a set of projects focusing on a range of contemporary themes, processes, and debates. The course is intended for experienced painters with a positive and enquiring attitude to the practices and discourses of painting in its various forms, and a commitment to peer-dialogue and critical discussion. Focused and intensive studio-based weekend projects (once per month), are interspersed with weekly online tutorials, feedback, discussion and seminars.



    This course will be delivered online and in person. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £2,149.00 Senior fee £1,719.00 Concession £1,504.00
  2. City Lit fine jewellery
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 5 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Bone, Rae Duncan, Emilia Netto, Katrin Spranger
    Develop your jewellery design and making on this year-long advanced evening course. From idea to product, finesse your technical skills, discover your design identity and approach professional practice and presentation, with the guidance of expert tutors.
    Full fee £1,499.00 Senior fee £1,199.00 Concession £1,049.00
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  3. Developing art practice
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Mixed Mode (Online and In Person)

    This advanced course for developing and practicing artists consists of work-based seminars facilitated by peers and artist-tutors, giving you the opportunity to develop and present your work for critical discussion. The course includes individual tutorials and mentoring, critical investigation, visits to galleries and artist-run organisations, encourages collaborative projects as well as online discussion and debate.



    This course will be delivered online and in person. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £1,099.00 Senior fee £879.00 Concession £769.00
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  4. City Lit advanced graphic design
    Course start date:  Mon 18 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ina Baumeister, Michael Harding, Andrew McCarten, George Stickney, Pam Williams
    This course will help you improve your skills in graphic design and visual communications in their broadest sense, for delivery or publication in print and online, working with text, image, layout, medium and message across a range of physical and digital media and formats.



    It is ideal for anyone who has already completed our City Lit graphics course, and for anyone wishing to build a more extensive and professional portfolio of graphics work, whilst developing a deeper understanding of the connection between text, image, message and media.



    Confirmed industry specialist guest visitor: Lydia Thornley, Designer, Creative Director and Reportage Illustrator.
    Full fee £2,299.00 Senior fee £1,839.00 Concession £1,609.00
  5. Contemporary practice: personal project
    Course start date:  Tue 5 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Mixed Mode (Online and In Person)

    Tutors:  Ian Tucknott
    Develop your creativity and a body of contemporary art work at an advanced level through the experimental exploration of a personal project. The course is facilitated by practising artists, theorists and curators, who will support you through guided critical and creative research, experimental workshops, critical studies, studio practice and one-to-one tutorials.



    This course will be delivered online and in person. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £2,099.00 Senior fee £1,679.00 Concession £1,469.00
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  6. Advanced children's book illustration: professional practice
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tim Ellis, Zehra Hicks, Dee Shulman
    Interested in a career in Children’s Book Illustration, or advancing your practice to the next level? With the guidance and support of your tutors, you will have the opportunity to engage with experienced industry professionals, and develop your practice and personal visual vocabulary to a professional standard.







    Confirmed visitors/speakers include:



    - Annie Eaton, former editorial director, Random House Penguin



    - Margaret Hope, art director, Welbeck Publishing Group



    - Arabella Stein, Managing Director, Bright Agency.
    Full fee £2,399.00 Senior fee £1,919.00 Concession £1,679.00
  7. Advanced printmaking: practice and discourse
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 13 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sue Baker Kenton, Ina Baumeister, Gareth Berwyn, Thomas Gosebruch, David Holah, Claire Hynds
    This year-long advanced course is aimed at artist/printmakers wishing to develop a sustainable personal practice. Guided through research, experimentation and developmental tasks, you will eventually focus on a long term project of your own choice, as you progress towards a final body of work. The course involves theoretical, contextual and practical components.
    Full fee £1,799.00 Senior fee £1,439.00 Concession £1,259.00
  8. Extended drawing for artists and makers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 13 Oct 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Annie Attridge, Clare Barton-Harvey, Ruth Brison, Ruth Franklin, Claire Hynds, Ute Kreyman, Mario Lautier Vella, Faith Vincent
    An advanced multi-disciplinary course that will help broaden your skills and experience. Record, imagine, visualise, transform, narrate and develop through a series of practical projects. This exciting course is designed to help you place drawing at the centre of your chosen artistic discipline.
    Full fee £1,199.00 Senior fee £959.00 Concession £839.00
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  9. Advanced figure and portrait
    Course start date:  Fri 15 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Paul Dixon, Desmond Haughton, Brian Sayers, Kim Scouller, Benjamin Senior, Heidi Wigmore
    The human form offers inexhaustible potential for communication and expression of ideas; this is an exciting advanced course for those with experience of working with the figure and/or portrait who would like the challenge of exploring new perspectives on the figurative tradition in drawing, painting and mixed media.
    Full fee £2,299.00 Senior fee £1,839.00 Concession £1,609.00

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